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MAYOR BRONIN, MAYORS OF BOSTON, WORCESTER, AND PROVIDENCE ANNOUNCE REGIONAL GUN BUYBACK PROGRAM AS PART OF REGIONAL GUN SAFETY COLLABORATION

MAYOR BRONIN, MAYORS OF BOSTON, WORCESTER, AND PROVIDENCE ANNOUNCE REGIONAL GUN BUYBACK PROGRAM AS PART OF REGIONAL GUN SAFETY COLLABORATION

HARTFORD, CONN (December 15, 2017) - Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Worcester Mayor Joseph M. Petty, and Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza today announced in partnership with St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, and other New England physicians and medical professionals a coordinated gun buyback day in their four cities on December 16.  The gun buyback also marks a remembrance of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which happened five years ago Thursday.

“I’m proud to join Hartford’s medical community and our Police Department in this regional effort to get guns out of homes safely,” said Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin.  “Gun violence is both a public safety issue and a public health issue, and we’re fortunate to have longstanding partnerships aimed at reducing the number of guns in our community.”

Hartford’s gun buyback will take place between 9 AM – 3 PM on Saturday, December 16th at the Community Renewal Team at 555 Windsor Street in Hartford.  The buyback will provide Stop & Shop gift cards to individuals who turn in an operable firearm. A $200 gift card will be given for an assault rifle; a $100 gift card for a handgun or revolver; and a $25 gift card for the return of a shotgun or rifle. Guns should be unloaded, placed in a clear plastic bag inside a paper bag or box. Guns may be returned anonymously.

“An unsecured gun in a home is a danger to everyone who lives and visits,” said Dr. David Shapiro, chief, surgical critical care; vice chairman, surgery service line and interim chief quality officer at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. “By collecting guns that people don’t want in their homes, we are proactively reducing the threat of an innocent person being harmed by that weapon. Unsafe handling and unsecured guns are a public health concern. We participate in a wide array of programs to decrease injury—buybacks and safety events are one important component.”

 

“We are proud to participate in this regional gun buyback initiative,” said Brendan Campbell, M.D., M.P.H., medical director of pediatric trauma at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. “We encourage anyone with an unwanted firearm in their home to exchange it for a gift card, so that it won’t be an opportunity for criminals or a curious child. We also remind gun owners of the critical importance of storing firearms safely and securely.” 

 

In 2014, Mayor Walsh started the New England Regional Gun Summit that brings together city leaders from across New England to work collaboratively in sharing strategies to reduce gun violence and the trafficking of illegal firearms.  The regional partnership focuses on collaboration and open dialogue on the reality of gun violence in our cities. Dr. Hirsch, Mayor Petty, Mayor Bronin, Mayor Elorza and others from cities big and small across New England, are participants in the gun summit which has led to several regional initiatives and events, including the development of gun buyback programs in other cities.   

 

“Plain and simple: guns have taken the lives of too many people here in Boston, in our Commonwealth, in New England, and in this country,” said Mayor Walsh. “Cities are banding together and stepping up with initiatives to decrease gun violence in our neighborhoods, which is important. With that in mind, we also encourage anyone with a firearm that is in a vulnerable situation or state-of-mind to take advantage of this gun buyback partnership and help us save lives on the streets and in homes.”

“We need to stop talking about guns solely in terms of public safety. There are over thirty-thousand gun deaths in America every year, but two-thirds of those deaths are suicides. Suicides are not a symptom of public safety, but of public health and mental health. Many of those suicide guns are unsecured and often unwanted,” said Doctor Hirsh. “My fellow trauma surgeons and I see the results of unsecured guns every day.”   

“An unsecured gun is not just a public safety issue, it’s a public health issue,” said Mayor Joseph M. Petty. “We need to provide an outlet for people to get unwanted and unsecured guns out of the home safely.  I am proud to stand with my fellow mayors and the medical professionals in New England to address the issue of gun safety.”

“Any effort to curb gun violence is a step in the right direction considering the tragedies that have claimed innocent lives across the country,” said Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza. “Providence stands with nearby cities and towns declaring that one life lost to gunfire is too many. We’re proud to join a regional movement to rid our streets of weapons that have shattered families and communities.”

Each city will be holding its buyback on December 16th but with hours, reimbursement rates, and locations varying between cities.

HARTFORD

In Hartford, the 9th Annual St. Francis Buyback Day has been moved to coincide with the regional gun buyback initiative on December 16. The Hartford effort has been led by doctors David Shapiro and Brendan Campbell of Saint Francis Hospital and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

WORCESTER

Funded by District Attorney Joseph Early and UMass Memorial Hospital, the Worcester Goods for Guns Buyback has grown over the last sixteen years to include twenty-four cities and towns in Central Massachusetts. As well as accepting all firearms the Goods for Guns buyback also accepts replica and toy guns as well as handing out trigger locks.

BOSTON

Boston Police Department’s gun buyback program, “Piece for Peace,” is a proactive campaign to take guns off Boston’s streets. The buyback program asks city residents to turn-in guns at designated drop-off locations citywide in return for a $100 Visa gift card. The “no questions asked” program allows individuals to anonymously dispose of firearms without fear of charges for illegal possession when turning in the weapon. BPD hopes to distribute more than $15,000 in gift cards tomorrow, thanks to funding provided by MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center. 

PROVIDENCE

In the City of Providence’s buyback initiative is sponsored by Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s The 4-Safety Program, a partnership between Hasbro Children’s and Dunkin’ Donuts, together with the Providence Police Department, and the office of the Providence Public Safety Commissioner. Weapons can be brought to the Providence Housing Authority at 50 Laurel Ave. between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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CITY OF HARTFORD ANNOUNCES NEW POLICE UNION CONTRACT WITH $2 MILLION IN SHORT TERM SAVINGS, LONG TERM STRUCTURAL CHANGES

CITY OF HARTFORD ANNOUNCES NEW POLICE UNION CONTRACT WITH $2 MILLION IN SHORT TERM SAVINGS, LONG TERM STRUCTURAL CHANGES

HARTFORD, CONN (December 12, 2017) –  Today, Mayor Luke Bronin announced the City of Hartford has entered into a new contract with the Hartford Police Union (HPU).  Last night, the City Council unanimously approved a Tentative Agreement, following ratification of the contract by the membership of the HPU last Friday, December 8th, 2017.  This contract will save the City nearly $2 million in the current fiscal year, more than $3.6 million next year, and approximately $4 million per year by Fiscal Year 2020, for a total of more than $17 million over the life of the contract.  The contract also makes structural changes to reduce long-term liabilities, including significant increases in employee pension and healthcare contributions and significant changes to pension and healthcare benefits.

“This agreement with the Hartford Police Union is the result of long, tough negotiations, and represents another big step toward our goal of fiscal stability for our Capital City,” said Mayor Bronin.  “I want to thank Hartford Police Union President Sergeant Szewczyk, Vice President Officer Sherbo, and the Executive Committee for their leadership and partnership.  The outstanding members of the Hartford Police Department put themselves at risk every day to keep our city safe, and I am grateful to them for ratifying a contract that not only provides millions of dollars of immediate savings, but also makes significant long-term structural reforms to healthcare, pension contributions, and long-term pension benefits.

“I am grateful to leadership of the Hartford Police Union as well as the members of the Hartford Police Department for agreeing to this fair contract,” said Council President Thomas “TJ” Clarke II.  “Last night the City Council unanimously approved the contract, and I believe this represents another significant step forward in our mission to put our City on a stable long-term path.”

The term of the contract is July 1, 2016 and through June 30, 2022.  The contract provides for zero general wage increases for the first four fiscal years of the contract term.  Pension contributions will increase by 3% of payroll for all employees immediately, and healthcare contributions will increase by approximately 50% over the course of the contract.  Health insurance benefits will shift from a preferred provider organization (PPO) plan to a high deductible health care plan with a health savings account.

For new hires, the contract caps pension payments at 70% of base pay, a significant change from current pensions, and eliminates City-funded retiree health insurance.

There are structural changes to sick leave accrual and payout, both for current members and new hires.  Current members will have a lower cap on maximum accrual and payout at time of retirement.  New hires would have a maximum sick leave accrual of 80 days, and would not receive any payout of accrued sick leave.

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MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES NEW APPLICATION WINDOW TO JOIN HARTFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT

MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES NEW APPLICATION WINDOW TO JOIN HARTFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT

HARTFORD, CONN (December 11, 2017) –  Today, Mayor Luke Bronin announced that the Hartford Police Department has opened an application window for both Hartford residents and non-residents interested in joining the police force.  Applications will be accepted from today, December 11th, 2017 through January 5th, 2018.  There are separate applications for residents and non-residents available through one website: PoliceApp.com/HartfordCT. 

“We’ve placed a high priority on recruiting the next generation of Hartford police officers, and I encourage anyone interested in a career in community-oriented law enforcement to apply,” said Mayor Bronin.  “This will be the fourth class of recruits in the last two years, after many years in which the City failed to recruit any new police officers.  We’ve also worked hard to identify outstanding recruits and to increase the diversity of our recruit classes, so that our force better reflects the community it serves.”

The Police Department has fielded three new police classes since Mayor Bronin took office in January 2016.  Together, those classes have included approximately 50 recruits, approximately half of whom are Black or Hispanic.

Mayor Bronin encourages anyone interested in applying to submit their application and required documentation online at PoliceApp.com/HartfordCT, in person, or by mail to the City of Hartford, Human Resources Department, 550 Main Street, Room 3, Hartford, CT 06103.

Applicants must be 21 years of age or older at the time of application, and possess a high school diploma or GED, as well as a valid driver’s license.  Applicants will face an examination process consisting of a physical ability test, a written test, and an oral test.  To be appointed, candidates must also pass a drug test, a background investigation, a polygraph examination, a psychological examination, an interview with the Chief of Police, a physical examination, and a working test/probationary period of one year after graduation from the Police Academy.  All parts of the examination are designed to determine the ability of applicants to learn and perform the duties of a Police Officer in a multi-cultural, diverse environment.

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